I have been living in Chicago for a little over three months now and I am still in the process of making it our home. One thing I have been focusing on lately is the use of decorative baskets to store a few of the odds and ends we have scattered throughout our condo….such as random blankets, board games under the coffee table, pillows, and so on… I like the way they look and the fact that they make the room neater by hiding everything. However, nice baskets are not always cheap and it is sometimes hard to find the exact size you are looking for.
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a ton of small cardboard boxes at work. They were in great condition and I figured I could use them to store a few things in my closet (which is an entirely different project). At least for the time being!
Then it occurred to me that I could decorate them! I remembered scanning past a pin on Pinterest a while ago where someone had used thin rope to cover a mason jar. Therefore, I decided to do something similar to the cardboard box by using twine, tacky glue, and a little leftover fabric from my DIY reusable snack bags!
I gave it a go a few days later and loved how they came out! They were also easier to make than I thought, and it took only a few minutes. If you have any extra cardboard lying around, feel free to give it a try!
The first thing I did was cut the top off the box. Then I used some fabric and traced the height and width of each side of the box directly onto it. I also made sure to leave the height of each piece a half inch longer than the box. This is so I could fold it over the top later.
Here I have two longer pieces and two shorter pieces for the sides. I cut out little tabs on the smaller side pieces to create a little left-over fabric when folding in the corners.
Once the four pieces were cut, I glued them to the inside of the box. I also made sure to fold over the remaining 1/2 inch or so.
Once the pieces were glued in place, I put tacky glue all over the box and then started tightly wrapping the twine around and around until the entire box was covered.
I decided to place this one in the guest bathroom instead of the closet 🙂 Although it is also a perfect shape to hold TV remotes!
I also did the same thing to a Pringles shaped can, as seen below! I liked how it came out (but wasn’t a fan of how it looked on the tray). It would have been a great idea to use a thin rope that matched the candle next to it!!
Here it a photo after I moved it to the guest bathroom. It matches the fist basket perfectly!
Overall this was such a SIMPLE and inexpensive DIY craft project. Not to mention a great way to reuse cardboard! I plan to make a few more later on, but with different types of twine/rope!